Champions in town

Champions in town

Seventy years ago on Sunday next, (May 3, 1945) the inhabitants of Ballinagh were hosts to a distinguished group of Ireland’s moist distinguished sportsmen. Just before midday, a convoy of seven motor cars arrived in town – an unusual sight during those days as with world war II raging across Europe, private cars were not allowed on Irish roads in order to save petrol supply for emergency services – hence the arrival of a fleet of cars in Ballinagh’s main Street caused much excitement, the visitors made a brief stop in town and as the occupants emerged from their vehicles their identity was soon recognised – due mainly from photographs from the sports pages of the national papers – as members of the then famous Roscommon senior county football team reigning All Ireland champions for the previous two years (1945 and 1944). As the players mingled with our local community there were warm handshakes, countless photographs and hundreds of signed autographs. Indeed, the distinguished sportsmen appeared pleasantly surprised at the warm reception received. But for our local people to be photographed shaking the hand of players of the calibre of the famed Murray brothers Jimmy and Phelim, Donal Keenan, Jack McQuillan, Frank Kinlough, Bill Carlos, Eamon Boland, John Joe Nerney, Doc Callaghan, Liam Gilmartin and Bill Jackson to name just a few was a moment to be treasured. Indeed, the visit did help raise the spirits of a community in deep sorrow and mourning following the death two days previously at an early age and following a short illness of one of Ballinagh’s most beloved and popular residents Charles C Fitpatrick MCC whose remains would that afternoon be laid to rest in the local cemetery. The Roscommon team and officials continued their journey to Cavan town where later they would play Cavan at Breffni Park with the gate receipts going to a very worthy cause – the building fund for the then new Cathedral of SS Patrick and Felim which was then under construction. The game was played in glorious sunshine with Breffni Park packed to capacity which saw Patrons receive value for their money as play was of a high standard and for the record Roscommon emerged victorious by a two point margin with what would prove to be the winning goal coming near the end and from the boot of a native son of Ballinagh, Paddy Wall. Then a young bank official based in the Western county and who had recently thrown in his lot with the All Ireland champions.

Tractor run

On Sunday, May 3 at 1pm from Drumavaddy community centre with proceeds in aid of Drumavaddy Community centre renovation fund and a donation will be given to the Kevin Bell repatriation fund, all tractors welcome.

Gardening club

Meeting on Monday, 11th May in Ballinagh Community Centre at 8pm. (please note change of night). Speaker Pauric Kelly from Abbeylara Gardening Centre. Topic general gardening with items for sale on the night. Refreshments served, all welcome. Non members 4 euro nightly.

Kids summer camp

We are currently enrolling for our comprehensive kids summer workshops at the Realtog Centre, Kilnaleck. For a detailed programme of events phone us on 049 4336070.

Safe talk

Accredited suicide alertness training, free Realtog Centre, Kilnaleck, Thursday, 14th May, 7pm – 10pm. To book your place or for more information call 049 4336070.

Introduction to Facebook

2 classes on getting to grips with the basics of facebook. Content includes: what is it? Why use it? How does facebook sharing work? Common terms, creating an account, exploring facebook, your timeline, understanding privacy,chat and messaging, deactivating your account. Class 1: Monday 18 May 10am – 12pm or 2pm – 4pm and class 2: Wednesday 20th May 10am – 12pm . Realtog centre Kilnaleck Co Cavan. Free course subject to criteria. To book your place or for more information call 049 4336070.